Community and Economic Development

The department provides excellent customer service in coordinating all facets of economic development, planning, permitting, inspection and compliance of both horizontal and vertical construction within the community we serve.

The department encourages the use of best practices in both community and economic development including innovative design that supports a sustainable economy, diverse employment opportunities, expanded education and cultural experiences for local residents.

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Resident Business Owner Developer Contractor Site Selector


Four divisions support all business and residential development process: 

Economic Development 
Please Note: The Oro Valley Economic Development Department has launched our new website Information on this page will continue to be available until 6.1.2022, at which point all future updates and information will be available at

The Economic Development Department works to retain and expand existing businesses by providing free advertising through the Business Navigator; serves as a point of contact between local owners/managers and the Town; and prepares reports about the economy for the community. This department also searches for new businesses to bring to Oro Valley,  works with site selectors on new opportunities and maintains information about available sites and buildings in the town.

Economic Development Reports

Primary Employer Incentive Program(PDF, 378KB)

Economic Development Update(PDF, 730KB)

Commercial Project Status Report(PDF, 302KB)

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy FY2019/20 - FY2024/25(PDF, 999KB)

Contact Economic Development

Margie Adler
Economic Development Specialist

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 Inspections are performed by the department's staff of nationally certified inspectors. This team is responsible for inspection of all commercial and residential construction, which is inclusive of all elements of construction, from foundations and underground, to final approvals. Inspection disciplines include civil, architectural, structural, fire and life/safety, mechanical, plumbing, electrical systems, and energy conservation, as well as zoning and architectural. In addition, this team is responsible to ensure implementation of the final development and design approval decisions of the Town Council.

Code Compliance

This program is responsible for the monitoring and enforcement of the Zoning, Building and Town codes and ordinances for all construction, plant salvage, landscape, signage, and development performance standards.  In addition, this program monitors and enforces the expiration process for all permits and permit applications.  This program is supported by the technical expertise of the Inspectors, Plans Examiners, and Permit Technicians.

Inspection Contact Hours
Monday – Friday (Excluding Holidays) 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Online Inspection Scheduling
To schedule an inspection go to Online Permits Service. Next work day inspections must be scheduled prior to 3:30 p.m.
Day of inspection call (520) 229-4830 between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. to obtain a 2 hour window on scheduled inspection.


The Permitting Division

The Permitting staff coordinates all aspects of permitting by receiving, reviewing and issuing permits for construction.  Permits often include, but are not limited to new buildings, remodels, walls, pools, spas, grading, signs, mechanical equipment and miscellaneous projects for both residential and commercial development.

Information about how to apply for a permit and which items are required to be shown on a set of plans can be found on the website.  Go to the search box at the top right corner of any screen and input a keyword about your project.  A key word to input could be “residential”, “commercial”, “wall” or “addition” and so on.  Many key words should lead you to information about your specific project.  

Select the following link for a list of items that may or may not require a building permit.

Contact Information: | 520-229-4800

The Planning division administers the General Plan and Zoning Code for the harmonious growth of the Town. The division is responsible for providing planning and zoning services to the Community, Town Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and project teams.

 Click here to visit the Planning Division main page to see information regarding current projects, zoning codes, and information regarding the General Plan.

Planning Division Home Page

Contact Information: | 520-229-4800